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July 4, 2013

Memphis Couple Killed in Motorcycle Crash

A husband and wife from Memphis were killed in a motorcycle accident in Miller County on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Chris S. VanHoozen, 40, and his wife, Cynthia M. VanHoozen, 38, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on U.S. 54 in Miller County by Miller County Coroner Rick Callahan.

The accident occurred at 4:20 p.m. on June 30th at the intersection of Highway AA, east of Eldon and south of Jefferson City.

According to the Patrol, the VanHoozens were eastbound on Highway 54 on a 2002 Honda VTX1800 Motorcycle. A 2005 Ford Explorer driven by Elva L. Farris, 77, of Olean, MO, was northbound on Route AA and was crossing the eastbound lanes of Highway 54. The Explorer failed to yield for the oncoming traffic, and the motorcycle crashed into the side of the SUV, ejecting both riders.

The Patrol was assisted at the accident scene by the Miller County and Cole County sheriff's offices.

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